Television BA(Hons)

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UCAS Code
09X2
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Discover the transformative and dynamic landscape of television, from new drama and factual programming, to streamed shows and live content. You'll learn how to think about television, how to make it, and how to find an audience, all within a specialist facility with working industry professionals.

Join the ranks of the industry's next innovators, from writers, researchers, directors and analysts, to cinematographers and sound designers. Immerse yourself in extensive craft skills tuition, live job opportunities, work placements, a vibrant visiting speaker series, master classes and a supervised final year major project.

Benefits

  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Opportunities for international study
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Using industry-standard software
  • A vibrant visiting speaker programme

Course outline

The growth of the UK television industry and its impact on global television has created a demand for skilled graduates, which our course content reflects. We'll begin by getting you to watch, analyse and engage with a wide variety of popular television texts. Using the knowledge you gain, you'll work on researching, writing and creating your own original content. You'll learn about the industry and how television is commissioned, bought, sold, distributed, scheduled and reviewed.

You'll also be able to take part in masterclasses with television producers and writers. Past professionals have included Tony Grisoni (writer of Red Riding and Southcliffe), Mary Burke (senior producer at Warp, makers of This is England '86 and The Midnight Beast), James Henry (writer for Green Wing and Campus) and writer/director Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax) and last year, Falmouth University hosted the Channel 4 Talent Day.

What you'll do

Year 1

You'll study some of the most exciting and groundbreaking television dramas and documentaries. You'll also learn about how particular industry environments such as Public Service Broadcasting, online platforms, and cable and subscription television produce, commission and broadcast certain types of content. You'll then go on to develop your skills in writing for television, learn about the rigorous process of researching for television series, and produce your own television content.

  • Television Histories: Industries & Innovations
  • Introduction to Television Practice
  • Researching for Television
  • Television Criticism & Analysis: Reading the Screen
  • Producing Television Formats
  • Screenwriting for Television

Year 2

You'll be immersed in the study of TV series and serial forms, from crime and thriller, sci-fi and fantasy, to natural world or social documentary. Through a lecture and screening series, you'll be encouraged to nurture your expertise in specific forms and will work with a team to develop both a TV drama series and a documentary. You will also be introduced to subject specialisms such as comedy writing, audience research and analysis, directing TV drama, sales, marketing and distribution, and concept development for television.

  • Television Drama
  • Television's New Platforms & New Audiences
  • Directing Television Drama
  • Scripted Television: Comedy & Drama
  • Television Realities
  • Television Sales, Distribution & Marketing
  • Sports Television
  • Concept Development

Year 3

Your final year is split into two strands - a major practical development project and a written dissertation. The practical project has many possibilities including script development, research portfolio, directing and producing. This will encourage you to work professionally and become industry ready. The written dissertation will develop your critical and intellectual skills, and will allow you to demonstrate your expertise in a specific area of television industry, form or content.

  • Research Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Literature Review
  • Professional Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Critical Development

Facilities

Our technical facility mirrors industry standards. During term-time, our facilities and kit stores are open to our students from 9am to midnight (weekdays) and on Saturdays.

You'll have access to:

  • A large TV studio with three studio cameras and a 4 input Tricaster Ultra HD gallery facility with Chromatte grey screen, blue/green screen and full lighting rig
  • Three animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations for 2D (TV Paint) and 3D (Maya, Nuke) work with Cintiq 27" QHD displays
  • Ten Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe CC, Final Cut Pro and Da Vinci Resolve - network linked to Avid Nexis shared storage
  • 35-seat Production Hub for post production software training equipped with Apple iMacs and creative software including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Production management software including Movie Magic scheduling and budgeting is also included on these machines
  • Xsens motion capture
  • Specialist grading suite featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screen
  • Three post-production audio suites and dubbing theatre equipped with Pro Tools HD plus access to mics, foley traps and props
  • Digital cameras (HD to 4K) include RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic plus Odyssey 7Q+, alongside Arri and Bolex 16mm film cameras.
  • A wide range of hot and cold lighting equipment is available, including Blondes, Red Heads, Dedo, Kino Flo and LED lights
  • Grip and gimbal systems available include Glidecam 2000 Pro and V8, Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Spider Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Libec and Camcrane Jibs
  • Audio devices including 633 Sound Devices mixers, Edirol recorders, radio mikes and an extensive range of dynamic microphones
  • 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series HD projection and 7.2 surround sound

Staff

Our staff are academics and industry professionals, providing you with the best theoretical and practical knowledge you'll need to work in television. They come from a range of backgrounds in television, film, production, screenwriting, development, directing and research, offering you support every step of the way. We also have a wide range of contacts with television industry specialists who participate in our visiting speaker series.

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Visual, verbal, portfolio and written assignments
  • Dissertation and major project in your final year

Careers

  • Television writing
  • Research for television
  • TV production and/or direction
  • TV sales marketing and distribution
  • Content development
  • Research, teaching or postgraduate study

Graduate destination

  • Assistant Director: Game of Thrones
  • Camera Assistant: Rush, Atlantis, Silent Witness
  • Production Coordinator, Two Four
  • Senior Editor, Contra Agency
  • Technical Operator, Crow TV
  • Assistant Producer, Telegraph Group
  • Production Secretary, Wall to Wall television
  • Production Assistant: Made in Chelsea, Great British Bake Off

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Television BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for mature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk